Atomspheric :a shop and show

I’m in a show from March 19 – April 24, with Shawn Kam, Francis Bliven, and Leah Bowring at The Potters’ Studio in Berkeley, 1221 8th Street. We’ll be around to meet you on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-5pm.

All of the pottery in this shop/show is 4-sale and fired in a soda kiln: from wikiclay, “Soda firing is an atmospheric firing technique where “soda” is introduced into the kiln near peak temperature, usually 2350° or cone 10. The “sodas” used are sodium bi-carbonate, also known as baking soda, and sodium carbonate, which is also known as soda ash.”

Come say hi.


Andytown Coffee Roasters cafe takeover at Square, Inc

Superfriends: Michael McCrory, Lauren Crabbe, and Peter Cochrane continue to grow (families, business, etc) and show love as they do so.  I made the vases, Peter put them to use, and Andytown made it possible to see my pottery in the cafe at Square, Inc headquarters.  More to come…

Soda Fire Results

Recent soda fire unload from our newest kiln at The Potters Studio in Berkeley.  I’m proud of these, lots of information, lots of repeatable results.  Amazing clay for this type of firing.  Images are examples of teapots, teabowls, sushi plate, large platter, weird little 2-handle vase thing, and a simple/beautiful pinched bowl. Bad news white balance issues from iphone photos outside, but otherwise great details and more ideas to push….like the patterned, hand built, 3 holed, hotdog-size vase above.

New work! And news about upcoming sales, markets, collaborations….

I have been very busy lately making work for Andytown Coffee Roasters, Steep Tea Co, Oakland’s First Friday, and now starting to prep for a busy September at the Abbot Kinney Festival, Sunset Mercantile, and Urban Air Market in Hayes Valley.  And with all the making, I’m getting more in touch with my identity as a potter, what I want to make, when, how big or small, and who would I like to work with?

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Please contact me directly if you have questions about the work or pricing.

Fresh out the oven.

They’ve got soul, she said. Confident, care free.  Not fighting, but working together.  On one hand: union in symmetry, like looking in a mirror, or as attracted to a partner.  We see ears, open hands, or two legs and are reminded of the familiar.  On the other hand: when inspired by the deformed or irregular, it wakes us up to pay attention.  We see beyond ourselves.

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Penland School of Craft Spring Concentration

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My spring season in the ceramics concentration at Penland School of Craft was an exploration in form, touch, finish, and friendmaking. Most of the artists I met at Penland were at major points of life transition; leaving jobs, relationships and homes with optimism, and trusting that whatever comes next is going to be okay.  I cherished the youthful, expectant, spring newborn chickens vibe, which will forever represent for me a special time for rest and refinement.


Our teacher, Cynthia Bringle brought 50+ years of experience to the studio, and taught in a unique way.  A couple times each day, she sat at her potters wheel at the front of the room and quietly demonstrated our next task.  Many instructors talk their way through a demo, giving step by step instructions while their audience shifts between doodling and watching. Cynthia Bringle’s lesson is a lesson for the eye.  Many times, if you looked away, you missed it!  We absolutely had to watch in order to learn.  If someone asked a question about a step, her hands, or a tool, she would deflect, and reply in good humor by asking “Would you like me to do it again?”


The answer was always “Yes!”  We would watch again and again, each time taking away a new observation.  She was giving us an eye for editing our own work.  Also, she gave a mode for learning and experimenting that was heavy on fundamentals, but completely freeing.  Our experimentation, or whatever individual flair we thought worth trying, was rooted in lightness, balance, and form; a quick union of what the hand feels and the eye sees.